Station Policies

Nov 6, 2015


Free Underwriting

Every participating nonprofit who hosts an hour on our Pledge Drive can compete for free underwriting. We give away four awards for most money raised and four awards for most unique phone calls received during the hour.

  • First Place:  The value of 78 spots at best rotation ($2,340)
  • Second Place:  Two value of 52 spots at best rotation ($1,560) 
  • Third Place:  The value of 39 spots at best rotation ($1,170) 
  • Fourth Place:  The value of 26 spots at best rotation ($780)

That’s eight nonprofits winning more than a collective $10,000 in free underwriting!

If a nonprofit is a winner for both criteria, they will be awarded their top prize only, as we share the love with the next nonprofit in line.

To count unique calls, KPCW does not count repeat callers. So, whether a donor calls in one donation or a handful during an hour, they will count as one unique call/donor.

Matching Grant Program

Any participating nonprofit can procure a donor for a matching grant for their pledge drive hour. The matching grant must be $5,000 or greater. All money raised by listeners during the hour will be matched, dollar for dollar, up to the matching amount, for the nonprofit.

To be clear, the callers’ donations go to KPCW and the matching grant goes to the nonprofit. If we don’t raise the amount of the matching grant, then the nonprofit receives only the amount raised. This is not a challenge grant that has to be reached or no money is given. By FCC regulations, all pledge drive calls go to KPCW even if we exceed the matching grant amount.


We subscribe to standards of editorial independence adopted by the Institute for Nonprofit News:


Our organization retains full authority over editorial content to protect the best journalistic and business interests of our organization. We maintain a firewall between news coverage decisions and sources of all revenue. Acceptance of financial support does not constitute implied or actual endorsement of donors or their products, services or opinions.

We accept gifts, grants and sponsorships from individuals and organizations for the general support of our activities, but our news judgments are made independently and not on the basis of donor support.

Our organization may consider donations to support the coverage of particular topics, but our organization maintains editorial control of the coverage. We will cede no right of review or influence of editorial content, nor of unauthorized distribution of editorial content.

Our organization will make public all donors who give a total of $5,000 or more per year. We will accept anonymous donations for general support only if it is clear that sufficient safeguards have been put into place that the expenditure of that donation is made independently by our organization and in compliance with INN's Membership Standards. KPCW's news department also abides by the follow ethics policies:

Society of Proffesional Journalists Code of Ethics

RTDNA Code of Ethics


We are committed to transparency in every aspect of funding our organization.

Accepting financial support does not mean we endorse donors or their products, services or opinions.

We accept gifts, grants and sponsorships from individuals, organizations and foundations to help with our general operations, coverage of specific topics, and special projects. Our news judgments are made independently – not based on or influenced by donors. We do not give supporters the rights to assign, review or edit content.

We will make public all donors who give $5000 or more per year. As a nonprofit, we will only accept donations from anonymous sources if it is clearly understood that sufficient safeguards have been put into place that the expenditure of that donation is made independently by our organization. We will not accept donations from government entities, political parties, elected officials or candidates actively seeking public office. We will not accept donations from sources who, deemed by our board of directors, present a conflict of interest with our work or compromise our independence.


November 2017

KPCW is committed to having a staff, board of trustees and community advisory board that reflects the diversity of our community. Managers are encouraged to interview a well-qualified and diverse candidate pool for all open positions. 

KPCW is committed to providing an equal employment opportunity for all persons. KPCW is also committed to the principle of nondiscrimination in all employment-related practices and decisions, including, but not limited to, recruitment, hiring, supervision, promotion, compensation, benefits, termination and all other practices and decisions affecting an employee or potential employee. Management at KPCW and Board members exercising employee management responsibilities are required to take vigorous and appropriate action to assure that all employment-related practices and decisions are made without discrimination, harassment, or prejudicial treatment because of race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, age, disability or protected veterans’ status. 

KPCW’s annual diversity goals are:

  • To recruit and retain a diverse workforce that is representative of our service area.
  • To provide equal opportunity in employment
  • To educate our management, staff and board annually in best practices for maintaining an inclusive and diverse environment for all persons
  • To seek candidates for KPCW’s Community Advisory Board that represent the geographically and demographically diverse composition of the many communities we serve. 
  • Seek diverse candidates for our Community Advisory Board through Nominating Committee process
  • To assist in developing a more diverse future workforce with professional skills in the broadcasting/media industry by recruiting diverse candidates for KPCW’s internship opportunities and/or by participating in minority or other diversity job fairs. 

Fiscal 2016 - 2017 Accomplishments:

  • Promoted Renai Bodley from news reporter to President/General Manager, following a three-month wide search that included government, industry and online databases.   More than 30 candidates from across the country, even a few international candidates, applied for the position. 
  • Hired Melissa Allison and Carolyn Murray as news reporters, also following a wide search that included government, industry and online databases.
  • Provided continuing opportunities for high school age students through internships and participation on air broadcasting our High School news and music program “Miner Details”
  • Provide internships on our Spanish language program "Cada Domingo," which airs Sunday nights from 7pm - 10pm.